Prehistoric Petroglyphs and Hopi Mythology

Art…or history?

From the exterior, the Desert View Watchtower at the south rim of the Grand Canyon looks like an eroding relic from the old Southwest. Built on an archaic-looking pile of rubble, the Watchtower appears frozen in time against the bright blue sky.


The haphazard pile of rubble this monstrosity was built upon, was as deliberate as its inception. Stone by stone, hand-placed by architect Mary Colter and her construction team. A perfectionist in architectural design, she envisioned the Desert View Watchtower to be a giant replica of the ancient Anasazi Indian watchtowers. The intentional ruin-style design, emits the charm of authenticity and antiquity.

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1932 Picture of the Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon (photo courtesy of the Santa Fe Railroad)

Fusing the historic American Southwest with Native American mythology, the architect harmonizes the two aspects seamlessly. The Watchtower’s four-story interior, portrays a rustic design featuring period-esque antiques. Salvaged wood from the once nearby Grand View Hotel line the ceiling, similar to Pueblan Indian structural design.

Murals & Mythology

The smooth interior walls of the looming Watchtower are covered in plaster, more or less to disguise the steel and concrete structure that lies underneath. You will discover larger-than-life murals lining the walls, depicting Hopi mythology and religious ceremonies. The murals tell a story, if you choose to listen to the silent tale. These timeless works of art were created by Hopi artist, Fred Kabotie.

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Hopi art at the Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon circa 1932 (photo courtesy of the Santa Fe Railroad)

Rock Art

The most interesting fusion was the rock art decorations, created by Fred Greer. It is fascinating to see prehistoric petroglyphs, replicated in the form of art. You begin to dive deep into the thought process of why the ancient Pueblan Indians, and their predecessors, created this rock art. Was it a record of crops, or seasons, or celestial occurrences? Perhaps not. Maybe it was their form of art, their expression of the way they saw the world, their own interpretation of humanity.

Intrinsically, the Watchtower rises like like a vault, with balconies that overlook the empty space, connected by ascending staircases. At the top of the Tower, the moment you have all been waiting for…the observation deck boasts incredible views of the eastern Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Mesa. Enjoy!

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